Protect Your Pet from Toxic Foods (Infographic)
Guest Post from Sloan McKinney
Food plays an important role in your pup’s life. Feeding your dog the right diet ensures he receives the proper nutrition, while treats serve as a training tool and a reward for good behavior.
Some owners feed their dogs home-cooked or raw foods as either a supplement or replacement for processed dog food. Others offer their dogs table scraps as treats or rewards. In both of these instances, it’s important to be aware of the potential hazards of feeding your dog items besides food intended for dogs.
Though dogs may eat meat in the wild, if you choose to give your dog meat you should be careful of a few factors. It’s important that owners don’t give their animals either suspect or spoiled meat, as dogs can get sick off of food borne illnesses like salmonella and E.coli. Owners who choose to give their dogs raw meat should also be especially careful. If giving your pup food from your table, be wary of offering him meat bones. Domesticated animals may choke on sharp bones; chicken bones especially break easily and may pose the danger of obstruction.
Other people foods can pose a danger to your dog. Fruit pits and seeds can also be a choking hazard for smaller dogs. Candy and coffee grounds are both toxic to your dog as well. These items may be found in the trash, so it’s important that your garbage is not accessible to those on four legs.
Some fruits and vegetables are also harmful to dogs. Garlic, onion and other plants in the Allium family are highly toxic to dogs and cats, causing blood thinning and circulatory problems. Grapes and raisins are also known to be harmful to dogs in particular, though for unknown reasons. Double-check before giving your dog seasoned food, and be wary of leaving these foods out where your pup can reach them.
Just as it’s necessary to avoid intentionally feeding your pet a harmful substance, dog owners should be aware of other hazards that dogs may ingest accidentally. Because animals may get into cupboards, climb tables, or sample leftovers, it’s important to keep all potentially dangerous items a safe distance from where your pooch can reach it.
Caffeine and alcohol are both hazardous to your dog, as they both affect animals in the same ways as humans, just to a greater extent. Chocolate is highly toxic to dogs as it contains both caffeine and a chemical called theobromine.
Household items like cleaners and medications could be accidentally ingested by your dog as well. Be sure to keep your pets away from toxic chemicals while sanitizing areas of the home, and properly dispose of leftover cleaning fluid. Prescriptions could potentially be poisonous to anyone who ingests them on accident, but Tylenol especially is dangerous to dogs.
Keeping your dog healthy and happy means learning about the foods that could be potential dangers to your pet. Check out this infographic to educate yourself on potential pet toxins.
Sloan McKinney is a journalist based in Southern California. After writing about pop culture for a number of years, she has recently begun writing for a new audience. Inspired by DeAnthony, her cat, as well as her dog Max, Sloan now hopes to help other pet owners guarantee their animal companions happy and healthy lives.